Dutchman6 has left a new comment on your post "Republican member of Congress commits sedition":
We are, we must admit, two different peoples inhabiting the same national boundaries, sharing a common language but little else.
If we cannot agree on something as basic as the sanctity of life, the inalienable rights to property and liberty (see in starkest relief in the gun control debate) and the basic right to be left alone by a nanny-state government turned predatory, does ANYTHING else we agree on matter?
There are two fundamentally different visions at work here and throughout history such divisions have rarely been settled except by civil war.
Indeed, the one thing which almost guarantees conflict is the refusal on both sides, but especially the liberal side, to admit that open violence is possible.
This perception is not merely a "right wing paranoid fantasy." An Obamanoid OFA volunteer in Birmingham AL was recently quoted as saying:
"We're looking for supporters," said DeHaven of Hoover, one of the event's organizers. "We're not looking for a fight. That will come later, when we have an army."
Here's the thing though. We already ARE an army, complete with weapons and ammunition. We are the armed citizenry of the united States of America. And while you have been busy enveloping yourselves in the cult of personality of "The Lightworker," we have been busy supporting the firearms and ammunition industry by purchasing more weapons and ammo than has EVER been sold in this country.
There is a reason for that. Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.
I am struck by just how matter of fact he is about his intentions and the fact that he is willing to give his name and contact information. At his website he claims to be under surveillance by the federal government.
Another key theme that is coming through is the "other-ness" of Democrats and Liberals. These people no longer acknowledge that we are all Americans. They regard themselves as a separate nation occupying the same territory. Establishing a mindset that labels a target group as an "other" is a key step in justifying violence towards that group. Recall Sarah Palin's use of words like "real Americans" and "real America." Members of the Republican Party and the right wing seem to be mentally preparing themselves for the use of violence and we ignore this development at our peril.
What if anything should be done about right-wing militia groups organizing in the open with a clear intention to wage war against their fellow American citizens? What responsibility, if any, does the Republican Party bear for the existence of these groups? Are the Republicans encouraging the formation of these armed groups in order to use them as a bargaining chip in political negotiations?
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